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Hidden Icon Notification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102936D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Doran, JE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described which allows for user notification of changes to hidden icons.

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Hidden Icon Notification

      A method is described which allows for user notification of
changes to hidden icons.

      If an icon is hidden beneath a window a user would not be able
to tell what changes are trying to be communicated by that icon
without moving or closing down the window to uncover the icon.

      Icons can be shown briefly in a faded manner which would not
obstruct the view of the current window but still inform the user of
an icon change. This ghost icon approach could be used along with an
audible tone to inform a user that new mail has arrived for that
user.

      Disclosed anonymously.